Sleep, insomnia, migraine
chronic illness,  Migraine,  Sleep

The Elusive Sleep and Migraine

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It doesn’t seem to matter how much I take care of myself, the one thing I seem to be constantly hunting is a good nights sleep. My inability to sleep effects how well I function during the day and compounded with other triggers, such as weather, can lead to an increase of migraine episodes. Lack of sleep also gives me less “juice” to fight the pain once a migraine episode has begun.

Here is how a typical night goes. Around 10:30, I am tired and ready for sleep. I get comfy and cozy, my husband and I pray and say our good nights, then my husband turns off the light. I lay there for 5 minutes…wide awake. What is it about turning off the light that makes my body wake up? As awful as it is, I could barely stay awake during the prayer so I am not sure why sleep escapes me.

Then there are those nights when I fall asleep with no problem but 2 hours later I wake up feeling like I slept the full 8 hours. No matter what I do, I cannot get back to sleep. I may be awake for 3-4 hours before I can drift back off to sleep. The longer I lay there the more frustrated I become.

Although I am not sure how to remedy this issue, I do know that the effects this has on my body is detrimental. Simply put, my migraines increase in quantity and severity when I am overly tired. Lack of enough sleep also makes me more susceptible to depression, anxiety and it weakens my immune system. Our bodies are designed to have a period of rest and if that isn’t happening regularly our bodies retaliate.

I have tried medications like Ambien and that made me asleep but not resting. I knew everything that was going on around me. Like many people, Ambien forces you to sleep but it doesn’t allow your brain to rest. So this isn’t a solution for me.

I also take Melatonin, which is a natural hormone that helps sleep, on occasion. I have mixed results from this because some times it works well and other nights it does nothing. It does seem to be most effective if I don’t take it that often. With that in mind, this really doesn’t work well either.

The Elusive Sleep and Migraine - #insomnia #chronicillness #migraine #sleep #pain“...the one thing I seem to be constantly hunting is a good nights sleep.” #exhaustion #insomnia #migraineSo, until I find something that really helps, I will just lay here and convince myself that I am “resting “. I will probably be on my tablet (I know it is probably the worst thing I can do). What else am I supposed to do at 3 am when I have been staring at the dark for 2 hours?

What have you found that helps you get better sleep?

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  • Kate

    I wish I could offer some help, but my husband has the same problem as you and he hasn’t found a solution either.
    I really feel for people who suffer from insomnia. I can only send you my loving vibes.

  • Linda

    A few of my girlfriends and I call it the 2 AM club. We are up and horrors, I see via social media postings, so are my adult daughters.
    I do not watch or read any newscasts after 7 PM. I try to sit down and relax by 8 ish and at about 10 or 11 take 2 Excedrin PMs and the moment I start to feel drowsy, I go to bed. I still wake up in the middle of the night but I generally fall back to sleep quickly. If sleep doesn’t come fast I watch a movie on iphone or iPad. (I know, I know..) I watch something I’ve seen before and is fun and uplifting and I usually fall asleep, careful to pull EarPods out as I begin to doze. I am retired so my time is flexible but insomnia has always been a problem. I haven’t solved it but I do manage it.

  • Tasha

    I suffer with migraines too, though they are not as severe as yours. I also have trouble falling asleep and recently find myself having disturbed sleep more too. I have no advice as to how to fall asleep, I am rubbish and will lie there awake for hours then give up and go on my phone or read! The mornings are the worst and quite often wake up with a headache, not a great way to start the day!

    • The Frozen Mind

      Morning headaches are the worst. It just starts your day off on the wrong foot and it doesn’t seem to get better.

      Hope you find some sleep soon too!

  • Positively Alyssa

    Oh goodness I feel your pain with insomnia! I will be so tired before we even eat dinner, then I lay down and am suddenly wide awake! It is torture because my alarm goes off at 5:30 am to start get ready for work. I also wanted to thank you for liking my post “Just Another Day”. I really appreciate your support! I hope you will like more of the posts I share! I am definitely looking forward to more of yours!!!

    • The Frozen Mind

      Most annoying thing ever! And here I am at 2 am…wide awake!

      Thank you for your comment! I look forward to reading your blog too!

      • Positively Alyssa

        I have been up since 3am because our power went out in the house! I was finally asleep, but woke to no a/c when it was 88 degrees that early in the morning. I might be a little irritable today and I am at work.

        I really hope you enjoy what I share!!! I hope you are having a good day!

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